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Nobody 878

2011-09-18T06:05:30.123-07:00

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 NOBODY # 878 NOBODY ASKED ME BUT: Did you know – that it costs 1500 to 2000 Euros to get a license to drive in Paris? And going to driving school to work off a ticket costs 800 Euros. WHAT THRILLED ME ABOUT PROVENCE (Except for number one, these are in no particular order.) 1. Our hotel (the Negresco - 4 pictures below, 2 hotel, 2 view from our room - in Nice: Not the hotel itself, although it was Belle Époque classy and all around wonderful. Its location was my thrill. It was directly across the street from the Promenade des Anglais where the people stroll along the beautiful, if rocky, Cote d Azur. Our room overlooked the Mediterranean. It took only a few steps before I celebrated my 77th by braving the stones to wade in that beautiful sea.2. Tank parade – We were sitting on a bench on the Promenade des Anglais when we heard this sort of roaring sound. We looked up to see a parade of American tanks go by. Two days later, while at our Tauck opening reception at the hotel, another parade passed by, this one made up of jeeps and armored vehicles “manned” by American women and men. Both of these were nice Nice ways of thanking Americans for their liberation in WW II. 3. Pont du Gard – Seeing and then walking across this Roman bridge and aqueduct, still in wondrous shape stirred my heart and soul. 4. Another view – this of the open Mediterranean from the patio of the Fairmont Monaco where we had a good buffet lunch and a view of three countries – Monaco, of course, France and Italy.5. Wine everywhere - They produce and pour readily in Provence. Although their specialty, surprisingly, is a vin rose, the red and white were PDG. 6. Le Vallon de Valrugues, our hotel in St-Remy-de-Provence, was wonderful – a country estate turned hotel with nice rooms and a pool that, regrettably, we had no time for. 7. A prototypical French meal. Late one afternoon we visited an olive oil producer, and after sampling his product we had a three-hour dinner at a farmhouse restaurant operated by his sister. It started with an aperitif and appetizers on the patio. We then went inside for a 4-course dinner featuring a delicious pounded, pan-fried chicken breast. Bottles of wine and water were in easy reach. 8. Breakfasts at the Negresco – The hotel provided our breakfast, buffet style. The food was good but the setting was great plus. We ate on the outside patio looking out over the sea. 9. Vincent – After we left Nice, Van Gogh was everywhere. He painted and spent hospital time in St-Remy and Arles. In the latter town, also excellent for it’s Roman ruins, I saw and took pictures at the site of two of his famous paintings – the Yellow House and the flower-covered inner patio of the hospital where he committed himself. 10. The carousels – every town we visited had a center square with a carousel adorned with painted ponies, cars, lions, rhino and such. There were also several in Paris. 11. The old man and the sea. The old man was, of course me, and I could gaze at the sea forever., Two adjustment asides - I am not a late sleeper. 6:15 am is late for me. Usually it’s somewhere between 5:30 and six when I start my day. After flying all night and arriving in Nice around 3 pm, Barb and I were both tired enough to go to bed at 8:45. We were awakened briefly around midnight by an electrical storm that seemed loud enough to be inside the hotel. We quickly went back to sleep. I was the first to wake up. Hoping that I hadn’t done something silly like sleeping in until seven or so, I checked my watch. Then I checked it again. And again. It was 15 minutes before noon - 15 hours.Up, dressed and hungry, having missed our complimentary hotel breakfast, we headed in search of a boulangerie. This was France so there must be one on every corner – right? Wrong. We searched and searched and finally wound up having our first French meal – other than glace (ice cream) the evening before – at Mickey Dees – that’s right, McDonalds. And the fries were pretty goo[...]



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2011-09-11T08:54:22.040-07:00

Sunday, September 11, 2011 Nobody # 877 Nobody Asked Me But: Our trip to France was wonderful, and I don’t think we will return. It was not as good as our trip to England, but I don’t think we will return there either. We have pretty much decided that there are plenty of places in the U.S. and Canada to visit or re-visit that will delight us and keep us busy for the rest of our traveling lives. The surest sign that this decision is correct is that, at least at this time, neither Barbara nor I feel any regrets about it. Will we change our minds some day? Perhaps, but probably not. Our tour story is much the same. We enjoyed Tauck, although it was not without a few problems, and liked the people we traveled with, but our best times were when we were completely on our own. I still wouldn’t mind living a month in Paris or London and probably Rome, Venice or Barcelona, but since that is not going to happen, we will stay closer to home. For this report, I will divide our trip into two parts. Today, I will write about Paris and next week, Southern France.What thrilled me about Paris (After the first two, the list is in random order.) 1. The patisseries – Call me shallow if you want, but if I lived in Paris these would be daily experiences for me, followed by 5-mile walks to work off the calories. The fruit-filled cream puffs and napoleons were delicious beyond my poor power to describe. 2. The Musee d’Orsay - The building itself (an old train station) is spectacular, much like the Tate Modern in London, and the modern art superb. The Van Gogh’s were my favorites. 3. The beauty in the oldness of Parisian buildings. 4. The surprises – you walk down what seems to be an ordinary street and suddenly you find an upscale specialty story – food, clothing, candles, leather, mustard, etc. 5. Mustard on tap - At Boutique Maille, a mustard store at Place De La Madeleine, you pick your type of mustard and they fill a crock for you from a tap spout. 6. Laduree - This beautiful tea shop and patisserie on the Champs-Elysees makes the best and most colorful macaroons in Paris and many other delicious treats as well (including a wonderful napoleon). Since coming home Barbara found out that they recently opened a Laduree in NYC. 7. The Eiffel Tower – I have always thought the ET was overrated, but now I know better. It is a wonder during the day and breathtaking when lighted at night, especially from a boat on the Seine. 8. Berthillon – This store on lle St-Louis supposedly makes the best ice cream in the world, and if this is an exaggeration, it is not much of one. We taxied there on our first morning in Paris (priorities) to discover how lucky we were, in that it was their first day open after their August vacation. (Almost everyone takes August off in France.) While they didn’t have many of their unusual flavors, my very dark chocolate was incredible. 9. Standing at the bow of the dinner boat mentioned above and watching Paris drift by. 10. Wandering along the Left Bank and through the Latin Quarter. Not a thrill but a delight 1. Department store interiors and window displays. I think the best word for them is classy. 2. The Illy Café in the basement of the largest of the department stores, the Galleries Lafayette. As most of you know, I am a big fan of their iced coffee, so stopping by for a frozen whipped crema in a double-jigger glass was great. 3. The frites. We had some great ones along the Champs-Elysees. Oh, did I mention that they were from the McDonald’s there? (Which reminds me that other than the sweet things I mentioned and an excellent crawfish risotto, the food was just ok.so(Of course we didn’t eat in fancy restaurants.) 4. Our hotel, the Hotel de Louvre was very nice. Our third story room looked out upon history, in that just across the street was the Palais Royale, Cardinal Richelieu’s home. Richelieu, I am sure you recall, was both a prince of the church and the state (neither by birth) and the g[...]



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2011-07-10T11:53:31.467-07:00

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Nobody 875

2011-07-10T06:18:10.711-07:00

Sunday, July 11, 2011 Nobody # 875 Nobody Asked Me But: “A poem is never finished, only abandoned.” – Paul Vakery THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS (A commentary in rhyme on news of the past week.) So much for the race to gain outer space So much for the dreams and the glory Put ambition aside And, along with it, pride This is Shuttle’s last voyage, end of storyThe jury said no, but it’s hard to let go Their reasons I just cannot seeBut twelve good and true Have spoken to you And to me, so the woman goes free How can she be free after killing Caylee ‘though she claims it an accident She said I was sad But she seemed pretty glad As out on the town she went For this Casey crime, I’d give her hard time I’d convict though rarely a hater I’d throw way the key She’d never go free For the way that she partied days later There is nothing so bad, that makes me so mad A child-killing parent is just gratingBut second in low Is the media show Using this horror to kick up their rating Let’s put Fortune to test for their 100 best This part of their list is obscene It’s not willy-nillyBut more like plain silly To rank Bill of Rights 17 I know they rank high what’s a pleasure to buy But some things are worth more than just bucks But freedoms must blind them Why else would we find them Ranked five spots below the Ford trucks Clarence Thomas you’ll find, crossed his fingers behind He would bring no agenda to courtNow he fights the good fight Because the Right’s always right And never once will their cause he abort(Time out for a picture of my daughter and granddaughter at Ruby's Friday.) The Constitution won’t vary, to believe that is scary As are those who think of change as doom To hear that gaff Would make the Founding Fathers laugh Or moan and turn over in their tomb It’s just ten percent, ‘cause we must pay the rent Said the U 0f C Board of Trustees If your intuition Rejects more tuition We’ll just rename the raise higher fees The President is shot, no he is not Blame this Tweet on a Fox News hijacker And if you’re in doubt What the guy’s all about This hacker is far off his wacker Bachmann keeps preaching, Evangelicals seeking She thinks that her future is there But if she links her fight To the religious far right Of winning she hasn’t a prayer To the law take a hike, he’s riding his bike With no helmet to protect his head “I’ve got to be meI’ve got to be free” And now he is free to be dead The right has a plan, Rick Perry’s their man They’ll let all the others lose steam When they’re in the goop In Perry will swoop And fulfill this nefarious scheme Down with the Queen, we don’t mind being mean It’s time that this system aborts Let’s end their free ride Sweep them out with the tide Their crowned heads leave us out of sorts This may be perverse, as bad as my verseBut somehow the concept seems nifty So take a quick glance Here is your big chance To check out sweet Barbie at 50 No, it’s not neat, that in school children cheat It’s wrong but it happens at times But when school adults Skew the results It’s among the most heinous of crimes And speaking of school, it’s so very not cool To cut funding way down to a crumb It’s so very unkind But it seems we don’t mindIf our young ones turn out to be dumb Said Clinton, don’t blink do not let them think That they have your back to the wall You’re not the lesser So be the aggressor Let those GOP guys take the fall Just common sense, is McConnell dense So call him pandering Mitch He’s a man for all seasons With billions of reasons to favor the rich and the --- richThey’re stuck in last place, out of the race But some Dodger knows where the loss is Between innings last night The big screen had it right Showed a trailer for Horrible BossesGraduate: Let’s have a Cinco [...]



Nobody 874

2011-07-03T06:21:52.480-07:00

Sunday, July 3, 2011 Nobody # 874 Nobody Asked Me But: “Only by respecting yourself can you win the respect of others.” Dostoyevsky A question that is asked over and over in a book I just finished (and review below) is, “what is the most beautiful place that you have never seen.” I assume that since I have never visited the place, it can only exist in some combination of visuals I have seen and my imagination. So here goes: For most of the week I leaned towards Kyoto, Japan or the Seychelles Island group in the Indian Ocean. But, by week’s end, my choice became clear. The most beautiful place that I have never seen is Earth from the Space Station. And, no, it is not on our upcoming vacation list. Damn! Your choice? THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS Michelle and Palin, at history they’re failin’ As they unite to get out the word With fireworks we play It’s our country’s birthday After all, this is July the Third When on my birthday I muse, ‘bout the bad things I choose My mistakes I look straight in the eye If my country could claim That they do the same What a glorious Fourth of July When she was at Hale, through her classes would sail To her lessons was always most dutiful Now she is wed May it ever be saidShe is truly America the beautiful Repubs supersonic when labeled moronicYou can’t blame it on Jerry Brown’s youth Perhaps a bit rough But it really is tough To condemn him for telling the truth The call to resign, to me isn’t fine From these vultures all starting to hover That she was shot Her fault it was not Give Giffords a chance to recover If Bachmann’s top two, I’m telling you The Repubs have a fatal infection It’s in the realm Of The Nightmare On ElmThat Michele could win the election “My background is strong, in this race I belongThough some things I wear are quite lacy I’m very smart Though I can’t tell apart John Wayne and John Wayne Gacy” More district rules, commanded by fools Education by fiat has risen I’m glad I retired If in rules I was mired I’d feel like I was in prison Frank is bankrupt on ethics the schlup He is evil and nasty and vileOn ego he’s big The immoral pig But on decency missed by a mile Folks are unhappy, if he can’t make it snappy Unemployment will end up his curseWith never a doubt They’d vote him right out But his opponents all look to be worse What’s the big deal, why do folks feel That Newsweek showed very poor taste If the dead could opine Princess Di wouldn’t mind She’d think your bad thoughts were a waste My wife is the type to ignore all the hype But the nearest club she may grab If she reads one more time In prose or in rhyme That there’s something bad in her Tab I won’t blame the Brits for producing these nits Who are over the top with their rantsBut it’s hard to resist Slamming those who insist That Michelangelo’s David wears pants I was but one, as we all had our fun As without trial we convicted Strauss-Kahn But to weigh this new factor He seems not the actor But the guy who was acted upon As the Times TV writer, Mary Mac is a fighter Wrote this line that will give readers fits Called the “Thrones” good TV But still it could be “About time that they tone down the tits” No, I’m not kidding. Times television critic, Mary McNamera actually wrote this line in her column yesterday. And I also love this line: “HBO has a higher population of prostitutes per capita than Amsterdam or Charlie Sheen's Christmas card list.” Here’s Hugh on Frank McCourt: Did you ever see the movie “The Best Man” with Henry Fonda? Fonda describes a fellow democrat from the south as having “all of the attributes of a dog, accept loyalty.” I cannot help but think of FM this way. Last week I promised that I would list my all-time top 10 favorite reads in the mystery[...]



Nobody 873

2011-06-26T06:06:01.426-07:00

Sunday, June 26, 2011 Nobody # 873 Nobody Asked Me But: (With an apology to Ernest Thayer for messing with his classic, “Casey At The Bat”) And now Bud Selig has the ball And now he lets it zing And not a ripple fans the breeze At Frankie’s feeble swing Ah, somewhere in this smog-filled place Sweet Jamie feels regret And somewhere Frankie’s lawyers Get their billing vouchers set And somewhere Frankie’s fleeing friends Are overcome with doubt, But there is much joy in Dodgertown Frank McCourt has struck out And now on with THE WEEK THAT WAS Illegal’s started this fire, and I’m not a liar, I have evidence says Senator McCain No, it’s nowhere on paper The proof of this caper Is hidden right here in my brain Georgia’s new law is not without flaw Their attempt at an immigrant solution Like ‘zona’s fiction They claim jurisdiction Can none read the ConstitutionBristol’s lament about that night in the tent When the guy stole her sweet purity Said, had he once or twice Asked me real nice I would have given it to him for free Chris Wallace of Fox, was knocked out of his sox When Jon Stewart he did debate Stewart, the joker,Showed up mediocre As newsy, at best, second rate What makes Jon great is not up for debate What puts him on top of the game He is the sleuth Who proclaims the truth That politics and jokes are the same It’s Liechtenstein’s way to accept people gay And allow them to marry their choice But here in the States As gay freedom awaits The Far Right still speaks with loud voice Palin’s so slick in this whitewashing flick That it puts a fair mind out of sorts Does this Bannon guy Think the public will buy A film of her life with no warts Jon Huntsman showed class, the Pres won’t bash The guy’s not a bottom feeder Said the choice is not for Who loves country more But who will be better as leader Japan’s new computer, a cool trouble-shooter Its speed is faster than fast When put to the test Against China’s best Shows the Sino one’s only half-fast McCourt “The Bold,” says if Dodgers are sold It will only be part of the plot Give another the team It won’t bother my scheme I’m still King of the Parking Lot Keith Olbermann’s back, and on the attack No bad guys he wants going free But if slightly less strident When he waves his trident More effective he might actually be It’s retrospect, but what the heck Sometimes hindsight is great The U.S. plan To get out of Afghan Is about 7 or 8 years late Thirty percent won’t pay the rent On the White House for President B. Most voters unhappy Say everyone’s crappy From the polling place they are ready to flee EVERYTHING LAKERS That Jim Buss is running the Lakers is stunning He seems much less owner than clown I’m telling you, The guy has no clue He is running the Lakers far down He’d rather die than trade the big guy Andrew’s his one claim to fame Too bad his dad Didn’t teach Jimmy lad That winning’s the name of the game Magic said “blow up,” Mitch Kupchek says “grow up” Your comment the Lakers won’t hear Yes, they played without grace Even stunk up the place But we hope they’ll be better next year If the Lakers stand pat, stay right where they’re at Then my affection’s a thing of the past If Kup makes no trade Then F is his grade And I hope that they finish dead last In five days we will have finished another half-year, which means it is time for me to list my best/favorite books to this point in 2011. The best book I have read since January 1, is Tana French’s Irish novel, Faithful Place. When I reviewed it earlier, I called it the Irish Mystic River. I wrote then that this was high praise. It still is. Second on my list is, interestingly enough, another Irish crime novel, the recently [...]



Nobody 872

2011-06-19T06:17:28.247-07:00

Sunday, June 19, 2011 Nobody # 872 Nobody Asked Me But: I was rereading one of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser books, The Judas Goat, last week and I came upon this quote: “If a man tires of London, he tires of life.” I loved London, so I agree. I would add Maine, The Bay Area and, of course, Hawaii to my list and, in a few months, Paris, no doubt. WALL OF SHAME The hypocritical Democrats who forced Weiner out when in the past they were willing to overlook President Bill’s “that was not sex” with Monica. While I think the former’s public posing was, to put it in formal terms, a little more icky-sicky than the President’s slippery zipper, I would have condemned neither to private life for their transgression. And most certainly not one more than the other.Or, to put it another way: Some Dems are meaner to Anthony Weiner Then they were back when President Bill Chose to let Monica Play his harmonica When it seems like the difference is nil BACK TO THE WALL OF SHAME Campaigning for awards – is there no modesty left in America? Newsmedia – for their large role in creating the age of hype over substance. THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS Let’s hear it for Dirk who’s clearly no jerk This man seems the essence of class The opposite of James Who, at the end of the gamesOn effort the guy took a passThe series is done, the victory won The good guys on top with a bang What’s bad about JamesAre all of the claims That decisions are made by his gang With a Hitchcock attack, the bad birds are back ‘though they’ve moved northwest from Bodega Their attack never stops As they seek out more cops let’s hope they’re not starting Omega Michele is running, and no I’m not funning Her win would be a disaster This woman of course Is just like the horse That was dressed up by Lady Astor Dwarfs, there were seven, hope to recreate heaven For business and the social far right If one comes in first Then expect the worst For America, not morning but night Judge Vaughn Walker’s gay, so give him no say On this issue not one of them budges But if all bias we ban Assuming we can In the end we will have no more judges We can’t have blacks judging blacks and watching their backs And on bleeding-heart women we’ll bail we on the right won’t give up the fight ‘till all judges are white Christian male A heart with no beat could turn out to be neat On centrifugal pumps you may thriveWithout heartbeat you’ll be From pulse rate you’re free And what’s best is you’ll still be alive A study shows that the way it now goes Women are paid by the poundOver weight, out of luck Business pays the big buck To ladies more thinner than round What Obama should learn before his bridges all burn Is this from President Cupid Forget all the big things They won’t get you brass rings It’s just the economy, stupid Michele’s tough on all gays, can’t stand their ways And she admires a neo-Naz creep Yet after debate Some said she was great It’s enough to make a man weepThis NFL star is eager to bar Gay marriage as not in God’s plans Tyree caught a key pass But the guy has no class His brains are all in his hands This is a tome ‘bout a team with no home A renovation that ends in abort for this Bronx football team it was no field of dream ‘cause they built the thing twenty yards shortThe AARP gets no pass from me If to support cuts they finally agreeOf all programs solely Soc Security is holy So I say to them et tu RP Book review - Collusion by Stuart Neville Last year, Stuart Neville won the LA Times award in the mystery/suspense/thriller category for his excellent The Ghosts of Belfast. I had heard that Collusion was equally as good. It was. The corruption still underlies everything in Northern Ireland, even reaching into the[...]



Nobody 871

2011-06-12T08:47:00.049-07:00

Sunday, June 12, 2011Nobody # 871 Nobody Asked Me But:(Note: Other than this one at the top, the pictures have nothing to do with the text. I just like them. One is a shot of orchids in our backyard. The second is a star jasmine dinosaur on Santa Monica. The third is what my wife says each morning.)AND NOW - TWTWTW Paul Revere had nothing to fear From the British according to Palin Says you can leave it or take itThe truth’s what I make it Though in history my grades were all fail’n So she’s no history wiz, but I guess that’s show biz And, no, I don’t mean to bait her Sarah’s far from my pick But it’s no easy trick To turn Paul Revere into traitor She said, I don’t goof, I’m telling the truthWe’ve believed history guys far too longYou know what I think They’re all liberal and pink And they always get everything wrong Things are quite strange in this world of change And often demand second looks When a headline I read Of an Amazon deed I think not of river but books Not guilty am I said the Dominique guyShe said yes to our sexual dance Besides what’s the big deal If I copped a free feel It’s my favorite pastime in France It’s not that they’re blaming the umpire Or chasing her right out the door But the Gator chicks claim That the blind umpire dame Made them lose their game fourteen to four Pardon me, but it used to be That one’s head in the clouds was real bad If my head there’s not good Then tell me why should I store files there to suit the new fad The Congressman was getting quite desperate He longed to display flag unfurled So Weiner went tweetSaid this sure is neat I can show all my stuff to the world Santorum is sure that he favors torture He proclaims it is a valued tool of war What gives him insight That it works day and night He saw it’s success on “24” Now Rick is quite defensive ‘bout this issueHe puts down anyone who calls him wrong Says it’s plain that John McCain Undervalues pain He’s been away from torture far too long Anonymous e-card confessions Those topics too touchy for words It’s a trend not becoming I would feel like was slumming Just something new to do for all the herds Just thinking ‘bout the new cicada ice cream Makes me lose what’s left of all my poise It would taste so really ick The very thought makes me sick And what I’d hate even more is all the noiseBecause Madame Judge likes her dresses She must ride the elevator every dayIt seems the glass stairway Provides an unfair way ‘cause it put what she has on display A television ad for new X-Men Said reviewers had rated it quite high But here is the joker The reviews were mediocre So the ad it seems was just an outright lieIt seems that once the Divine Sarah stops re-teaching American history, she is headed for Europe and has let it be known that she would like to visit Dame Margaret Thatcher. The former PM (and/or those advising her) want no part of such a scenario. In fact one of Thatcher’s top people was quoted as follows: “One is a giant figure; the other, politically speaking, a carnival pygmy better suited to life on a second-rate reality television show.” Not being a Thatcher admirer, I am not too sure about the first part of his statement, but, with the second part, he was right on target. IMO – For President Obama to be reelected, one of two things must happen: (1) unemployment drops drastically, (2) the Republicans nominate a can’t win candidate like Sarah Palin. SOME THINGS THAT REMIND ME THAT I’M GLAD I’M NOT YOUNG ANYMORE. The number of laughs that crude gets The rapid decline of courtesy Athletes who celebrate me more than we Over the top public address announcers at sporting events Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen - I finally read WFE and, [...]



Nobody 870

2011-06-05T08:47:19.695-07:00

Sunday, June 5, 2011 Nobody # 370 Nobody Asked Me But: When I preached those sermons, eons agoFor the praise I almost caught myself falling Older ladies in line Said, “You really did fine Great sermon, you sure missed your calling” Midnight In Paris, Woody Allen’s new film is marvelous. It is a feast for your eyes, (Paris is breathtaking) your ears, (the dialogue is sharp, the musical score, wonderful) your mind (as you consider the allure of the past vs. living in the now) and your soul (if imagination and romance are still alive there). See it.Exciting news for ice coffee lovers – Trader Joe’s is now selling mocha and latte in cans. I have tried them both and they are as good or better than any except Illy’s. And, at $3.99 per four-pack, the price is right. I wish, like Illy’s, they would sell a straight iced coffee, still my favorite. Actually, since wishes are free, I wish Starbuck’s and Caribou would start selling their canned iced coffee again. Meanwhile, back to Trader Joe’s twosome. in the immortal words of Mae West, “Try it, you’ll like it.” Anyone else notice that Madonna’s face is looking more and more like that of the older Bette Davis? But the rest of her body is still her own – thank goodness. THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS The mundane is so hard to remember Sometimes my memory’s a painSo why is it tough To remember that stuffIt’s ‘cause who needs to remember mundane I talked to a man about Newt’s wild plan This guy views him with friendly affection I asked can’t it be Why can’t he just be he The guy said, what, and lose the election Bishop Ed Long paid more than a song For his sexual dance with boy teens This fake man of God When he saw a teen bod Said `twas the devil who unzipped my jeans You have to say this for ObamaMost things he does with real class You can see by this shot A great eye he has got As he checks out this young lady’s shoes Barack and Bibi are dueling With Barack in the Obi Wan part Bibi’s the hater The prime Arab baiter So don’t expect peace talks to start The Times had a piece, for last week’s release To be legit the young lady is yearning On her wall she hangs nude She’s clearly no prude But it still sounds like Paris is turning Senator Scott Brown is coming aroundHe’s voting like Collins and Snowe I won’t mind a repeat In the Kennedy seat He seems like an honorable foe Her Verizon bill was most shocking You owe us big bucks now, it said Your payments were late Way past the due date And we don’t even care that you’re dead Said President Gee of the Buckeyes I know that my actions were slow Our coach was a sinner But he was a big winner It was so hard to let him go Jerome Corsi has a new birther bookAbout which I want to speak plain My feelings are strong I won’t call him wrong I’ll be honest and say he’s inane – or insane The Bunny’s are wearing new outfits Now Hef is a makeover king Modest they’re not They still show a lot As Tony would say, "badda Bing" What show would you choose, which one would amuse If bring back a program you could Right from the start It tugged at my heart Won’t you come back Everwood The House played a phony game of chickenThey cleared it with Wall Street before To not raise the debt ceiling Is Tea Party appealing But Obama will give them what for. “We hate the mandate” seems to be the current Republican mantra. But it wasn’t always so. Party leaders who now sing of the people’s freedom not to be insured, once, not so very long ago, sang a different tune. It was called personal responsibility – require everyone to buy health insurance so that they do not become a public burden. We all know that Romney helped pass a mandate law in Mass. Se[...]



Nobody 869

2011-05-29T08:48:00.057-07:00

Sunday, May 29, 2011 Nobody # 869 Nobody Asked Me But: As many of you know, I spent a semester at San Francisco Theological Seminary, in San Anselmo (Marin County). I was going to be a Presbyterian minister, but discovering that I was an atheist messed up my plan. Nevertheless, my time there made me the minister’s choice to preach occasionally in their absence. This happened several times in Ajo and later in Simi Valley. A couple of weeks ago, as part of my scanning project, I found several of my sermons buried in a trunk in the garage. I thought it would be fun and interesting to post this one, from 1967, as a Nobody. I was tempted to clean up the writing a little (hopefully I have improved in the past 44 years) but I did not. This, with all its blemishes, is the way I delivered it that Sunday at the Simi Valley Presbyterian Church. First Corinthians 13 Webster’s Dictionary defines dream as an imaginary vision, or a reality suggestive of such a vision. I had such a visionary experience a few days ago, and I would like to tell you about it. In my dream, I was a sojourner, a traveler from afar. I came upon this land, America, and the first sight of it overwhelmed me. I saw a land of incredible beauty built out of ideal after golden ideal. The construction materials were such things as “all men are created equal” and self-determination and tolerance and democracy, spiritualism and the respect for others, brotherhood of man and “liberty and justice for all.” At the base of the structure, providing the essential support was the most beautiful ideal of all – “love thy neighbor as thyself.” Surely I thought, surely this is paradise come to earth. Surely this is a kingdom built by God himself. Anxiously I moved from without the kingdom to within. I must walk among the people who created such magic. I must share in the further glories of their creation. I first found myself in a place called Detroit. Instead of magic, I found chaos. I saw people walking the streets with guns in their hands. Others were breaking windows and stealing things. I saw a young boy bleeding and dying in the streets. There was burning and destruction all around me. I cried in anguish. What manner of man could do this? Who could be so evil as to destroy the beauty? Surely nothing could justify this attempt to tear down this civilization. And then, I was in another place, a place called Democracy, Mississippi, and I saw these same people being denied their right to share in their government, being kept from the polling places by dogs and fire hoses and policemen’s clubs --- and I wondered. I walked through a place called Harlem, and I saw despair. I saw homes unfit for housing, hungry children, rat-bitten babies, idle men with the vacant stares of the unwanted. Everywhere I went, I saw these same people, this same struggle – the effort to earn a decent living in a land of plenty – to have a chance at education – to have the right to live in any neighborhood – to marry without making the front page of the news media, and, above all, in a land of equality, to be accepted as an equal. To escape the label of second class – here is the hope and, and here is the hopelessness. I saw these people in this land of ideals – and I wondered. To the countryside I turned as I sought escape from the realities of the city. Certainly the dream must be intact here in the midst of the natural beauty of this great nation. And yet, here too I found despair. I found streams and rivers filthy with pollution. I found mountains of junked cars and wastelands of discarded trash. I saw soil eroded and natural resources wasted. I saw the countryside disfigured by tree stumps and signboards and tin cans and old tires. Back I fled to the [...]



He, she and me 2

2011-05-26T10:58:34.846-07:00

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HE, SHE AND ME

2011-05-26T09:42:26.333-07:00

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Nobody 868

2011-05-22T08:57:35.251-07:00

Sunday, May 22, 2011Nobody # 868 Nobody Asked Me But: Arnie, the Term, was careless with spermAnd in the wrong place left depositHe made the grade With the upstairs maid Though they met in a downstairs closet Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,Enwrought with golden and silver light,The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet;Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.William Butler Yeats TWTWTW (As always, these verses are based on the past week’s highlights – and lowlights. The pictures are from our NOCAL trip.) Well, yesterday’s come and yesterday’s gone And you are still here, so am IWith banners unfurled They can’t end the worldNo matter how hard that they try So many athletes, so little to say Yet they are filing up space with their tweets But to read is to knowTheir brainwork is slow And none will ever be Yeats Some make the same claim ‘bout my rhyming gameI know that’s how sometimes it seems But hard I try awfullyTo always tread softlyWhen I come close to anyone’s dreams Dominique Strauss-Kahn likes force with his sex Will France now give him the bootWhat you must understand ‘Bout this sexual Kahn man He’s not just a horny old coot It’s their dirty secret that Al Queda hidesBut it’s there ‘though they pray every morn You can take ‘way my gun Just don’t mess with my funWe terrorists are lost without porn Bibi said no to the 67 truce That agreement is so very outdatedNo settler goes `Cause everyone knows Having peace is way overratedIsrael wants peace, Israel wants peace You don’t know how hard we are trying But from grandma I heardAn act drowns out a word So this SOB P.M. is lyingRon Paul announced that he’s running, Said his hero is still Annie Rand Elect me, said he I’m as selfish as she And you can count those I’ll help on one hand Newt loved this country with all of his heart But he still couldn’t help being boredSo he screwed two or three As he passionately Made them stand-ins for the land he adoredThe numbers seem quite overwhelming Yet I don’t want to sound like a crab To Hollywood’s eliteIt seems like a treat To get in, then get out of rehabIsrael opened fire on the protestors I suppose they will claim it was God It just goes to show What we all didn’t know Their country’s now lead by Assad Widow Joyce Carol Oates found words in her heartTo write out her sorrow and pain But condemn her would some And call her a bum Just because she has married again A comment by Newt for the first time made sense Which may mean he is out of the raceSaid Paul Ryan’s tax plan Is Utopian grand And to push it would be out of place Time out, time out, Newt changed his mind The man under pressure did cave He didn’t mean it The truth now he’s seen it And to his mouth he will not be a slave Newt warned the Demos, they better not use His putdown of that Ryan guyHe says if they do He’ll stomp with his shoe And if that doesn’t work he may cry Most know Donnie Drysdale starred at Van Nuys But who knows who started behind him If you chanced a glance‘Twas the man called Sundance It was there on that mound you would find him Michele Bachmann makes some Demos nervous They see her as nothing but trouble But sooner or later They all overrate her She is nothing but Palin’s stunt double I’m through being reasonable said Senator Tom I’m leaving the six-gang today Coburn’s attack Said he’ll only come back If everything’s going his way It’s not our[...]



Nobody 867

2011-05-15T09:16:31.777-07:00

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2011-04-28T20:13:45.523-07:00

Sunday, May 1, 2011Nobody # 864 Nobody Asked Me But: In times of war, the law falls silent. – Cicero That Was The Week That Was – As always, each of these short verses is based on a news event that happened during the past week.(Note: It would probably be better if the lines my verses were closer to being uniform in length, but I believe that would place limits on the stories I tell, and I am unwilling to do that. As it is, each verse has its own rhythm and to find it is to get the most out of my efforts.) The people of St Loo praised God almightyNo one was killed in savage storm last week But what of those elsewhere No answer to their prayer It seems God left them up that well-known creek Now “Wallie” was surely part Nazi She loved them in more ways than one But she ruled a king Made Edward’s bell ring Made lover than king much more fun There’ll be no Labor PM’s at the wedding The Queen and crew just do not care to slum And if one tries to crash The Prince’s wedding bash Queen Liz, herself, outside will throw the bum The Rev. Billy’s son may endorse Donald Said Franklin Graham the man just pleases me That’s not so very odd He’s a man who loves his God Of course to Trump his God is clearly HE A Tennessee law will tell teachers Before the ninth grade don’t say gay No excitement for a while So another Monkey Trial Our claim to dumb is still alive today So 4 in 10 Republicans are birthers They all still think that Obama is a plot Hatched in foreign place Or perhaps in outer space These birthers, too brainy they are not This idea I saw in the paper And I pass it to you all for free ‘Cause they’re often filled with slime And are prime wastes of time Bad movies should cost less to see There’s a story about a Texas politician So afraid that a gay guy he might meet About AIDS was so worried That while in the shower he hurried And wore a bathing cap on his feet Haley Barbour was all prepared to run He thought he was a cinch to win top spot He said I’m really in Like the proverbial Mr. Flynn But Haley’s wife said, no man, you are not Atlas took a dive at the box office The producer looked just like he had been mugged It’s not viewers fault If they don’t like Johnny Galt In the end it was the audience that shrugged Conservatives are going to war with welfare The money used for it makes their blood boil Subsidies on them grate They hate the nanny state Unless the bucks are used to help big oil Frank McCourt whined at his presser I’m keeping my team is his vow I know I’ve been bad An SOB cad But I’ll be a good boy now Of all the strange revelations Who would have believed it, not I Pasadena’s famed lady Lived a life that was shady Julia Childs was a spy Now they’re questioning his entrance into Harvard The birthers have a new line of attack He must have had free ride He could not have qualified That’s obvious to us because he’s black To show that little has changed over the years, here’s a paragraph from Nobody # 5, which I wrote on April 28, 1996 I just watched "This Week With David Brinkley" for the first time in several years. Never again - at least the first part where the politicians are interviewed. It was (1) a waste of time and (2) an exercise in futility that made me want to throw up. Everyone, Democrat and Republican was a lying, evading, self-serving hypocrite - and those were their good qualities. It is no wonder that Americans have so little respect for their politicians. The last twenty minutes when the reporters discussed the issues was much better. Her[...]



Nobody 863

2011-04-24T08:49:47.068-07:00

Sunday, April 24, 2011Nobody # 863Nobody Asked Me But:In times of war, the law falls silent. – CiceroAs time goes by - The picture is of Ryan at his prom last week.That Was The Week That Was – As always, each of these short verses is based on a news event that happened during the past week. (Note: It would probably be better if the lines in my verses were closer to being uniform in length, but I believe this would place limits on the stories I tell, and I am unwilling to do that. As it is, each verse has its own rhythm and to find it is to get the most out of my efforts.)Frank McCourt is losing the DodgersA team that he bought on the cheapThen bled it dryPaid his sons on the slyThank God we are rid of the creepMcCourt wants to know why Bud did itSaid I did everything by the bookCourse my book leaves no doubtThat ethics are outBut what does that make me – a crookSoboroff, McCourt’s new flunky, says it’s all been preordainedThis is a plot to push my boss aroundIt’s just a baseball whimWhy should they pick on himJust because with team’s great rep he did abscondThe GOP’s pushing their budgetTheir mode is an all-out attackBut who says they are greedyThey’re hard on the needy‘cause the needy’s too weak to fight backSarah says popular cultureNeeds to turn back home to the rightBut rather than bore youShe’ll spell it out for youOn her Twitter or Face Book web siteThe groans could be heard round the countryWhen last week came the day that we paySo many protestBut I’m one of the restIt’s our price for a civilized wayBut those who would scoff at this privilegeThe law of the jungle adoresIf they don’t have enoughOf the wonderful stuffThey’ll hit with a club and take yoursThere’s a new book ‘bout fungus in CeylonAll coffee beans killed on a spreeAnd, no, I’m not joke’nI haven’t misspokenThat’s the reason the British drink teaOur Medicare is way, way too expensiveWe have no choice except to privatizeThe rich will move right toward itAnd if the poor folk can’t afford itWell, after all, everybody diesAnd here’s the latest story from the UKA study shows that swearing cuts down painGosh darn won’t cut itSo you might as well slut itAnd say f and damn, then f and damn againMore people are crossing the borderTo buy gas that’s cheaper is niceBut with so many gunsIf you get shot in the bunsYou wish you had paid higher priceThe party goes to court to fight gay marriageRepublicans by this would like to stateTo be loving and be gayIs not the American waySo the homo thing is not up for debateI left the movie Hanna in the middleThat’s unusual for me and fairly boldAs I walked right out the doorI wasn’t really sureIf the film was just too young, or me too oldAnn Coulter’s new book is coming out soonShe touches on themes economicHer ideas feedThose who barely can readAnd wish she would publish in comicAlabama’s two large football factoriesHave earned an intensive new lookIt is Tiger prideAgainst Crimson TideAs to which is the bigger crookA study shows rich parent’s childrenWill have to survive on their ownSaid parents, we planTo spend all we canLet the kids read the will and then moanThere’s a mantra in the book I am readingI can recite it by chapter and verseIt is not decayGood's not fading awayThings are just different not worseLet’s cut corporate tax said the big guysWho cares if they are all-time lowAs both parties saidWe’re in the same bedWhile paying a debt that we owePhil Taylor is best in professionWhich he says is not science but artHis value is clearHe earns one mil per yearAnd he gets it for throwing a dartThe poll shows that members still lack passionThere is no one who[...]



Nobody 862

2011-04-17T09:14:03.163-07:00

Sunday, April 17, 2011 Nobody # 862 Nobody Asked Me But: In times of war, the law falls silent. - Cicero Seeing Stonehenge is one of my great travel experiences. The picture above was taken and rendered by Barbara's brother, Tom. That Was The Week That Was – As always, each of these short verses is based on a news event that happened during the past week. Once more LA Times prints their value-add list Of teachers who don’t make the grade Since they know public shame Goes along with the nameAny good by the bad is outweighed The new stamp has not the real Statue And the story behind it’s not pretty A demented dork Skipped the gal from New York In her place put the one from Sin City The Tea Party is holding its convention The circus has come to town Since Trump gave the keynote It’s ok if we note They’ve already sent in the clown More states are restricting abortionsThey think that their fight’s nearly won They play fetal cop Say abortions must stop Unless their dear daughter needs one Strong women all over the telly From standard cop shows to cool thrillers And for clearly the best Far ahead of the rest Check AMC’s great show The Killers Please say it’s not so Bobby Dylan You could not have sold out for the cashYou who rights wrongs Let them censor your songs When you played at that Chinese red bash I’m not religious but still I do wish That the President would use power more fully Where sometimes he skates He would win more debates If he would just use his pulpit that’s bully They say that to live to one hundred To bounce back from stress is the deal If that word is soundIt turns history around Hello again Norm Vincent Peale I used to enjoy going driving If I say I still do it’s a lie What I pay at the pump Turns me into a grump Gas prices are higher than sky To Ashland I’ve been many times And I’ll go back again though it’s far For Shakespearian Fair And something more rareTheir firemen give pets CPR Montreal was in conflict last Thursday Elections v. Stanley Cup vice There was a federal debate But they said that can wait ‘Till the Habs put the Bruins on ice The polls show that Brits want Prince William To be their new king very soon Looking past wedding cake He’s a monarch who’ll make The British Isle ladies all swoon Then what is to happen to Charles His love life still makes the Brits wince He may have been rude A royal crude dude But he will forever be Camilla’s prince Of the greatest young arms in the majors The Dodgers have one of the best Bats bow down in awe To Clayton Kershaw Who’s on a Cy Young Award quest In the Holland they have to learn DutchIn France they can’t wear a veil The immigrant’s new lot Happy it’s not In Arizona they’re all put in jail Atlas Shrugged is a very long tome It’s truly a book for the ages Fast, Rand is not When advancing her plot One speech takes fifty-two pages Ayn Rand says it is caring for others That has us all living in tatters What’s all the big fuss There is never an us It’s only just me really matters Boob bracelets are out in their classrooms To wear them, said no is the answer This Penn. school crackdown Earned the judge’s deep frown These kids are just fighting breast cancer Occasionally the media hits sport’s dark side hard And comes out with a great expose’ That’s only fitting But between the hard hitting They ignore the dirt day after day Pres candidates must prove they were born If t[...]



Nobody 861

2011-04-10T09:28:32.041-07:00

Sunday, April 10, 2011Nobody # 861 Nobody Asked Me But: That Was The Week That Was – As always, each of these short verses is based on a news event that happened during the past week. The battle is over, let’s tally the score It seems that from all that I’ve read It went down to the wire As both sides took fire But the Pres came out slightly ahead But the battle was not just about winning There were those who were kicked in the gut Let’s remember who losesWho must bear the bruises The people whose programs were cut We celebrate sundae last Monday Turned one hundred and nineteen that day I'll have nuts and hot fudge And, I beg you don't judge,Some extra whipped cream if I mayThe Pres wanted to cut in the billions But the Right said not nearly enough Barack said from where The Right, we don’t care Just as long as we keep rich out of rough Those crazy Bulldogs from Butler For funeral they made their own casketWhen it came to game day They said they would play With an invisible lid on their basket And while on the subject of Butler Can’t you hear them just singing the blues ‘cause their shooting was lame And for the whole gameThey made only three of their twos To try Khalid Mohammed in a military court Is cowardly, stupid and wrong Since fairness’s a must In a land that is just Civil court is where he belongs Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan has a deficit planWell, really, it’s more bait and switch He’d make Medicare A private affair Then lower all tax for the rich The number who want to be teachers Is in a declining phase To front a chalkboardFor what sort of reward A life of low pay and no praise Kentucky Coach John Calipari He’ll take talent over experience in his men But each season he’s surly When his team goes home early While the not-ready-for-prime-time guys winThose power-crazed five boy Supremes They ignore the First and the Fifth To part church and state Is not all that great And fair trials are a utopian myth We get it, she didn’t like GauguinTwo women with breasts that are bare She acted alone But this John Ashcroft clone Wants to clothe public art everywhereWe’re getting some strange e-mail letters From companies we’ve trusted so long I’m not a prude But found it a bit rude When Capital One tried to sell me a thongHer backers want Gabby for Senate Some rate their tactics adroit But since she lies in her bed With a wound in her head A better word might be exploit The Candle Society paid Bristol big bucksThe abstinence life to promote Is she qualified Can she turn the tide Not if Levi is granted a vote Oh no, please say that it is not true Obama seeks help from “Big Al”It just takes one look To know the guy is a crook Sharpton cannot be his pal He’s known as the king of news manglers The guy is a virtual train wreck They may be far right But he’s out of sight Fox gave the boot to Glen Beck To be glued to one’s seat by excitement Is something that most of us doBut the Maryland man Was trapped in the can He was glued to his seat in the loo Trump sent his guy to Hawaii He wants to prove Barack a lie But if behind the brick wall He finds nothing at all He will link with Geraldo and cry They were busy during last winter's offseasonAs many teams improved their game But McCourt's Dodger scheme Was to add to the teamA bunch of guys with no name Tax cuts or keeping your Medicare About these I’m taking an oath When day is done You can have one But most certainly you can’t have them b[...]



Nobody 860

2011-04-03T09:06:14.824-07:00

Sunday, April 3, 2011 Nobody # 860 Nobody Asked Me But: That Was The Week That Was – As always, each of these short verses is based on a news event that happened during the past week. Time to play ball cried the Umpire-In-ChiefAs Giants and Bums broke the seal No Giant at allLooked exceptionally tall But the Bums seemed to be the real deal They say that to itch is contagious If I see you scratch, I’ll scratch mine Catching an itch Is sort of a bitch But scratching that itch is divine Terry Jones has blood on his hands A Koran-burning excuse for a preacher This human disgrace Is far out of placePerhaps we should send in Jack Reacher If Libya, then why not in Syria Or is his new doctrine myth He dances around You can't pin him down When cornered the Pres pleads the fifth Wildcats and Dogs in the final Or will it be Husky and Ram The top seeds are through Not one one or twoThose guys took their game on the lamb So it's Bulldogs against Huskies for the NCThis dogfight is more than cliché But I have a hunch That this Butler bunch Will be top dog at end of Monday What name will we give to the small school Since on larger one they put the clamp Mid-major is in But should Butler win Just called their team national champ When I was a boy playing sportsOur anthem was cheaters don’t win Now coaches who cheat Get to take a front seat And proclaim they’re the leader of men And isn’t the press just as bad They honor these guys they know cheat As long as they win A lifetime of sin Is ignored by the ones on the beat Critics are taking dead aimReality questions on SAT Yes, said test makersTo be movers and shakers We must keep the SAT “where it’s at” The name of the film is Game Change In the end Senator John does not win McCain says, won’t watch it I won’t see me botch it By choosing Momma Grizzly again The poll shows the kids prefer Stanford But for mom and dad Harvard’s the placeIf you kids want your say Then you pay the wayAnd we will gladly give you your space The Donald has joined with the “birthers” Does that really make it as news His brainpower has slipped He’s losing his grip Or perhaps he’s just hitting the booze The Newt says that he needs to winAs president he’d be a sensation Only he keeps us from Without him we become An atheist, Islamic nation Muslims and atheists together This fantasy claims Newt as god An atheist says no To religion’s great show While for Islam that’s grounds for Jihad Antonin received his first ticketScalia rear-ended a car The judge had a scare That should make him beware He was this close to crossing the bar Michelle Rhee, in Washington D.C. Claimed her methods the old ones would beat But for all of her speech What she really did teach Was how principals and teachers could cheat The box office receipts are in free fall Those in the business aren’t happy They cry out in despairWhy don’t people care It’s ‘cause the films they make are just crappy The Right told the voters in ‘10 We view Medicare with affection Do you think we are nuts We don’t want any cuts Until after we win the election Arizona has now gone too far With them I will go to the mat They can have their fun With migrant and gun But it’s wrong when they threaten my fat BOOKS Satori by Don Winslow - Because I remember greatly enjoying Trevanian’s political thriller, Shibum,i I was intrigued to learn that Don Winslow had, on request, writt[...]



Nobody 859

2011-03-27T05:36:57.593-07:00

Sunday, March 27, 2011 Nobody # 859 Nobody Asked Me But: That Was The Week That Was – As always, each of these short verses is based on a news event that happened during the past week. America joined in the fight last week It’s a matter of national pride By the rockets red glare Let tyrants beware Especially if they’re not on our side The Pres says we fight for humanity Whatever he tells us we’ll buy But here is the deal He must make it real And not just another Bush-lie Obama’s critics in Congress Say he’s acted too slow or too fast Before all this fuss He should have asked us Though our responses are always half-assed Was Barack’s decision the right one Many in Congress say nope But this headline shouts out That’s he’s right there’s no doubt “Libyans trade fear for hope” From India to Israel with Palin This journey could settle her fate Should Hillary quit Would she be a fit Will Barack make Sarah Sec. State Trump will again screw Gaddafi He’ll treat him like someone he’s hired If The Donald’s elected Says he can be expected To tell Muammar, “Man you are fired” Tiger’s new girlfriend is a blonde 22 Let’s hope she has someone to warn her Despite all the fun His real number one Is the club to get round Amen Corner Virgil Peck wants to shoot all illegals In Kansas let’s take out a gun Says in his state Boring can grate So that’s how we’ll have us some fun They are planning a Dick Cheney series It seems they will name it Dark Side But if pleased he’s not Here comes the buckshot They’d better have someplace to hide They’re cracking down hard on the players But coaches don’t have the same fate They must commit vice While standing on ice Because almost all of them skate Oh magic mirror on the wall Of all who was the fairest one Elizabeth it was by far Taylor made to be a star For beauty, peers she had none Even as a child co-staring with a dog Liz Taylor was totally nifty $100 a week per Was given to her But Lassie was paid $250 The majority still puts down health law For the Demos this cuts to the quick So Obama beware Don’t show that you care Some people are better off sick Jen Zuniga was caught on the video Urging her son on to fight Smash him, she cried Where is your pride If you win I’ll cook dinner tonight It was 100-years ago today (March 25) At the shirtwaist fire trap Where very many women died And afterwards pro-business cried New regs will wipe us right off the map The Arizona Senate just passed a new law No college group must accept others So I’ll eat lunch With my neo-Nazi bunch But we don’t want any gays, Jews or brothers Barry Bonds was using steroids, please You all my illusions wreck I thought it chance A genetic dance That Barry has almost no neck He had few peers as a basketball coach Yet much good was offset by his sins But Bobby Knight Sure got this one right Dumb looses more games than smart wins There once was a land marked for greatness Where human rights was the goal But some very sad day Along the way Israel lost its soul Get it right! In one of the LA Times tributes to Elizabeth Taylor the author writing about “A Place In The Sun,” said that in the film, Montgomery Clift drowned his pregnant mistress, Shelly Winters, so he could marry Taylor. That didn’t happen. Clift took Winters out in a row boat with that intention only to have her panic and fall overboard.[...]



Nobody 858

2011-03-20T08:47:40.244-07:00

Sunday, March 20, 2011Nobody # 858Nobody Asked Me But:That Was The Week That Was – As always, each of these short verses is based on a news event that happened during the past week.Things in Japan are so awfulI can’t even rhyme them in funBut soon comes a dayWhen again they will sayWe’re the Land of the Rising SunGlen’s not saying God caused itIn his recent story so hotBeck won’t go that farIt might tarnish his starBut he also won’t say God did notChu says that our nuc power is saferHe knows that it can’t happen hereIf we just chant omMeans no China SyndromeSo it’s time to meltdown our fearI sit here alone and am frowningAs I ponder from bracket to bracketI don’t know too muchAbout Morehead and suchBut I must see how well I can hack itPoor Buffalos not tourney boundTheir fate really seems unfairAt their record a glanceShows their right to danceBut the NCAA selectors don’t careRomar and Roy are recruitersSave for Cal they haven’t a peerBut when game time rolls roundTheir decisions aren’t soundSo most often it’s wait ‘til next yearWhen all the early rounds are overYou can hear the losers cry while winners soarBuckeyes and Devils BlueBoilermakers, Panthers tooThese, my friends, will be the Final Four64 was more than just a numberIt helped March Madness climb up to the topBut adding four’s a messJust shows that more makes less‘cause every game turned out to be a flopMoney’s real tight in states everywhereMeans large budget cuts for the oldersTo confront senior’s plightPols step to the rightAnd offer them naught but cold shouldersGun limit talk in the desertIn a state still stained by its tearsThe Pres tries to reasonCommon sense has no seasonHis remarks all fell on deaf earsIt’s so hard to convince the gun totersThey listen to nothing that’s saidThey seem to care notThat since Gabby was shot2,000 more were shot deadAnd did you know Monday was Pi dayBut for those who find math out of reachWhen you ask about piTheir likely replyI’ll have two slices of peachNewt says the past is behind himYes, a ladies man he might have beenWhen he sees one nowHe remembers his vowAnd prays it won’t happen againThen Newt took a shot at Obama’s escapeTo basketball he’s giving attentionSays what I did when stressedHelped a girl get undressedThen we did things too indecent to mentionHugo likes breasts that are naturalChavez says no implants allowedSo what if they’re smallDoesn’t matter at allYour own should make you real proudThe word from Arizona’s business bunch isImmigrant bashing’s not funnyIt’s gone on too longIt clearly is wrongAnd besides it is costing us moneyCharlie Sheen’s tour is drawing large crowdsDespite the nut who stars in itEach sellout nightProves Barnum’s rightThere really is one born each minuteThe Nazis rallied yesterday in ClaremontIt’s said their words won’t hurt like stones and sticksBut since they’re spewing hateWouldn’t it be greatIf our response was a ton of real bricksAccording to nuclear scienceIf in radiation zone you get stuckDon’t be a dorkJust pull the corkOn a life-saving bottle of two-buck ChuckBOOK REVIEWI’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman - “Life isn’t a timed event. The clock’s not on you. Take your time.” If I am lucky, I can take an extra treasure from things I read, something I can use to make my life better. The above is such a treasure.Here’s Lippman’s story: When Elizabeth was 15, she was kidnapped by Walter, a spree killer. Only, for some reason, Walter didn’t kill her. Now it i[...]



Nobody 857

2011-03-13T09:21:43.493-07:00

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Nobody 856

2011-03-06T09:18:44.018-08:00

Sunday, March 6, 2011Nobody # 856Nobody Asked Me But:Read this and tell me there is justice in the world. I dare you! Barb and I were trying on clothes this past week with the intent of giving some away. One evening she tried on a vest that she had not worn in at least a dozen years, felt something in the pocket, investigated and pulled out $194. The next morning I also discovered money in the pocket of a sweat outfit - 45 cents.[...]



Nobody 855

2011-02-27T08:53:28.536-08:00

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Nobody 854

2011-02-20T08:58:31.991-08:00

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